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Polish president to sign controversial Holocaust bill into law

07 February 2018, 01:07 | Kara Nash

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Duda said he will also consult with Poland's constitutional court for review.

Meanwhile, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said his country was committed to combating lies about the Holocaust.

The proposed law has fueled a diplomatic crisis with Israel, which fears it would stifle discussion about the Holocaust and enable Poland to whitewash the role of the Poles who killed or denounced Jews during the German occupation of Poland during World War II. The United States also strongly opposes the legislation, saying it could hurt Poland's strategic relations with Israel and the US. Members of the ruling Law and Justice party, including deputy parliament speaker Beata Mazurek, retweeted some of the comments.

The office of Polish President Andrzej Duda says the leader will on Tuesday announce his decision on whether to sign legislation penalizing certain statements about the Holocaust.

"The United States is disappointed that the president of Poland has signed legislation that would impose criminal penalties for attributing Nazi crimes to the Polish state", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement.

Czaputowicz said Monday that even if Duda does so, Poland would still be willing to back a joint declaration with Israel clarifying its scope or to amend it.

While "Polish" is nearly always used as a geographic description in that context, Poles feel the phrase cruelly portrays their country as having been in charge of the Nazi-run camps, while in fact Poles made up the largest group of victims after Jews.

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"The blood of Polish Jews cries from the ground, and no law will silence it", Bennett said Monday.

"One can not change history, and the Holocaust can not be denied", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement last week. We are victims of the Holocaust too, and saying that death camps or concentration camps were "Polish" is a crime.

More than three million of Poland's 3.2 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis, accounting for about half of the Jews killed in the Holocaust.

More Poles have been honoured by Israel for saving the lives of Jews during the war than any other nation. It said in a statement that the law's "flaws are liable to result in the distortion of history due to the limitations that the law places on public expressions".

The bill would set fines or a maximum three-year jail term for anyone who refers to Nazi German death camps as Polish.

Israeli Minister of Education Naftali Bennett said he will make a snap visit to Poland on Wednesday in the aftermath of a controversial bill passed by Poland's senate earlier this week that criminalizes any accusations of complicity by Poland with Nazi Germany or Nazi Death Camps. But research published since the fall of communism in 1989 showed that thousands also killed Jews or denounced those who hid them to the Nazi occupiers, challenging the national narrative that Poland was exclusively a victim.



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